Rangers 23-year-old confirms extent of injury blow, reveals when he should return

By Danny Wright

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has confirmed that he should be back in action against Kilmarnock on Wednesday despite suffering a broken nose against Motherwell on Sunday.

Cardoso, 23, was forced off the pitch with his injury blow, after being on the receiving end of an elbow from Ryan Bowman as the Gers were on to be dumped out of the Scottish Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-0 defeat.

In what was a very physical affair, Cardoso was the victim of some lapse refereeing as play was not even stopped as he lay on the ground, covered in blood due to his busted nose.

Tempers spilled over on to the touchline as Pedro Caixinha and Steelmen boss Stephen Robinson were sent to the Hampden Park stands after the defender marched straight down the tunnel for treatment on his nose.

On his personal Twitter account after the game, Cardoso posted a picture of his swollen, bloodied nose, confirming that it was in fact broken.

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He also revealed that he should be back in action pretty soon by ruling himself in contention to bounce back from defeat and play against Kilmarnock this Wednesday.

The Portuguese centre-back has since deleted the post, but was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying: “Thank you for all the support messages, I am fine just a broken nose. We will be back more stronger on Wednesday.”

Cardoso has been a mainstay of Caixinha’s defence this season, making 14 appearances across all competitions.

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